Veteran RB Adrian Peterson Says He Still Hasn’t Retired From NFL

Adrian Peterson with the Washington Football Team in 2019
Adrian Peterson with the Washington Football Team in 2019. Photo by Ron Sachs/CNP/Shutterstock (10422139k)

Many assumed that veteran running back Adrian Peterson is retired after not playing at all in the 2022 NFL season. But in a recent interview with Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Peterson said that he still hasn’t “officially hung it up.”

According to Peterson, who turned 38 in March, he hopes to get an opportunity to play again in this upcoming season. If that doesn’t happen, he will walk away from the game.

“My mindset is, if God’s willing, maybe an opportunity presents itself, and maybe it happens this season,” said Peterson. “I’ll go from there. But [if] nothing happens this season, for sure, I will be hanging it up.”

Peterson last played in 2021, when he suited up for the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks. He appeared in 4 games and finished the campaign with a total of 98 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson entered the league in 2007 and played for seven different franchises. He won the NFL MVP award in 2012 while with the Minnesota Vikings and has seven Pro Bowl selections on his resume. Peterson also led the league in rushing on three different occasions.

Peterson currently sits at No.5 on NFL’s all-time rushing leaders list with 14,918 career rushing yards. He needs 352 more yards to surpass Barry Sanders and get to fourth place.